Life & Health

Ministry of Health on Zika: “We do not have the virus in Nosara”

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The Ministry of Health is asking for residents and tourists who visit the district of Nosara and the canton of Nicoya to be calm because they still have not confirmed cases of patients with the Zika virus in the last two weeks.

This was stated by Mario William Acosta, head of the Area of Strategic Planning and Health Promotion in Nicoya, who explained that there are still no confirmed cases of Zika in Nosara.


The Ministry of Health launched a fumigation campaign on January 30th that currently continues in the district, doing a total sweep of the area and fumigation.


“We do not have the virus in Nosara. At this time, it is not proven that there is Zika in Nosara. What we have is the vector— Aedes aegypti— which is the same for Dengue and Chikungunya,” Acosta said.


Similarly, in an official statement made by the World Health Organization (WHO)on February 1st, which was supported by the World Tourism Organization (WTO), they agreed that travel restrictions should not be imposed on areas affected by the Zika virus.


In the case of Costa Rica, so far there is no scientific evidence of any active circulation of the virus within the country.


Currently, the Ministry of Health continues to take samples from patients who have symptoms of fever in the area and they sent the entire staff of the department of epidemiological monitoring to Nosara to do constant monitoring.


Today, Wednesday, February 10, two information and prevention discussions about the Zika virus will be held in the district of Nosara. The first will be at 4 p.m. in Kaya Sol with the tourism industry and then at 6 p.m. in the Nosara Music Hall.


Additionally, representatives from the National Emergency Commission (CNE), the Municipality of Nicoya and the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS) will be touring the district.


From February 15 to 19, health personnel officials from ATAP of the CCSS will visit, who will provide primary care to residents, identifying breeding grounds, attending to symptoms of fever and giving vaccines.


Acosta called for hotel owners and those who provide tourism services in Nosara to be on the watch and eliminate mosquito breeding sites.


“People have to understand that the mosquito is the same; the preventive measures are the same. Use repellent. Tourism businesses need to keep a strict and ongoing watch on their hotels and be aware,” he said.


In addition, today, the Ministry of Health launched a fumigation campaign in all of the schools in the canton of Nicoya.